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What is social inequality and why does it matter? Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe

What is social inequality and why does it matter? Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe
What is social inequality and why does it matter? Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe
As distinct from income or wealth inequality, ‘social inequality’ is currently poorly understood and, at best, unevenly measured. We conceptualize social inequality as the relative position of individuals along a number of dimensions that measure achieved outcomes and, innovatively, expectations about future outcomes. Using data from 12 Central and Eastern European countries, we find that cross-national patterns of social inequality differ significantly from patterns derived from income inequality measures. Moreover, our measure of social inequality is much better correlated than income inequality with other country differences such as higher levels of economic performance and human development, and stronger political institutions.
social and income inequality, capabilities, measurement, Central and Eastern Europe, human development, political institutions
0305-750X
239-248
Binelli, Chiara
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Loveless, Matthew
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Whitefield, Stephen
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Binelli, Chiara
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Loveless, Matthew
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Whitefield, Stephen
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Binelli, Chiara, Loveless, Matthew and Whitefield, Stephen (2015) What is social inequality and why does it matter? Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe. World Development, 70, 239-248. (doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2015.02.007).

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Abstract

As distinct from income or wealth inequality, ‘social inequality’ is currently poorly understood and, at best, unevenly measured. We conceptualize social inequality as the relative position of individuals along a number of dimensions that measure achieved outcomes and, innovatively, expectations about future outcomes. Using data from 12 Central and Eastern European countries, we find that cross-national patterns of social inequality differ significantly from patterns derived from income inequality measures. Moreover, our measure of social inequality is much better correlated than income inequality with other country differences such as higher levels of economic performance and human development, and stronger political institutions.

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Accepted/In Press date: 3 February 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 March 2015
Published date: June 2015
Keywords: social and income inequality, capabilities, measurement, Central and Eastern Europe, human development, political institutions
Organisations: Economics

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Local EPrints ID: 377960
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/377960
ISSN: 0305-750X
PURE UUID: 33d43396-669b-46e7-9415-ae134a62b2f7

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Date deposited: 24 Jun 2015 13:37
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 21:16

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